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Louis Vuitton Curated Shelf

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The relationship between art and fashion is a subject that never ceases to fascinate me. You’ve been the brunt of many a ramble about it, you poor things, but I’ll keep this short and sweet I promise. Last Wednesday night was one of extreme contrasts. We finished our eve – or perhaps begun it, if you count the lengthy late night dinner and drinks at Soho House that seemed like a fantastic idea afterwards – with the launch of House of Holland’s collaboration with Magnum Ice cream, a noisy, crowded, celeb tastic bash at Portman Place. The soirée with which we kicked things off was an an infinitely more sophisticated affair, namely the launch of Louis Vuitton’s latest ‘Curated Shelf’ with Tania Kovats.

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Me & Nik
I wore: Whistles skirt, Aloe London top (c/o), Sophia Webster shoes, GUESS Bag (c/o) & Dior lips and nails
Nik wore: Louis Vuitton jacket

I don’t need to tell you how I feel about Louis Vuitton. I wildly coveted every collection Marc Jacobs designed for the maison and having almost fainted over the perfection of Nicholas Ghesquire’s debut, it’s safe to say my obsession won’t be waning anytime soon. But beyond the shows, the clothes and les accessoires, one of the things I find most captivating about Louis V is it’s unwavering commitment to supporting the arts. Obviously you’re all familiar with their accessory collaborations, from the now ubiquitous Stephen Sprouse scarves and Yayoi Kusama polkadot bags to the Foulard’s d’Artistes project I got my style on with last year. They don’t just throw cash at an artiste to slap their work on an item of clothing, Louis Vuitton enters into long running collaborations, fusing the aesthetics, values and techniques of both parties to result in products that inevitably become iconic. But beyond partnerships that produce sure fire fashion “it” pieces, Vuitton also endlessly supports the projects of contemporary artists they feel an affinity with. Case in point, Tania Kovats, the latest to participate in their Curated Shelf series. The series has seen a number of top contemporary artists, ranging from Rankin to Tracy Emin, invited to curate a selection of tomes in the librarie at Louis Vuitton’s Bond Street Maison. Besides commissioning Kovats to take part in the ongoing project Vuitton also supported her ‘Oceans’ exhibition which features the fruits of a two year journey around the world (with her own custom made Louis V case, natch) to water samples from 94 different seas. This is a fascinating project and a fascinating insight into a brand that clearly doesn’t just enter into artist collaborations with a view to make a few bucks.

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The unveiling of Tania Kovat’s curated shelf was, of course, an elegant event involving the finest champagne, a charming talk from the artist and the opportunity to browse the store after hours… Although admittedly that wasn’t specified on the invitation. Thank you Louis Vuitton for an inspiring start to an evening which swiftly went down a rather different route. You’ll hear all about that soon.

Love Ella. X

Images by Charlie Wheeler

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Louis Vuitton SS14

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Generally speaking, I try not to get into the habit of posting ad campaigns. Don’t get me wrong, a lot are so utterly inspired I could ramble on about them for hours. But of course, I can’t post every single one and doing some but not others can get a bit awks. However, there are some campaigns so utterly spectacular it would be a crime not to share them, regardless of the fact you’ve probably seen them already. One such campaign, or rather triumphant work of fabulousness, is Louis Vuitton SS14 or, as I like to think of it, Marc’s Showgirls.

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Edie Campbell

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Catherine Deneuve

As you may remember, this season I attended my first ever Paris Fashion Week including the inevitably breathtaking, fashion month grande finale that is the Louis Vuitton show. The experience was one I will never forget. Despite being basically the only person on planet fashion not to have heard the rumours of Marc Jacob’s imminent departure from Maison Vuitton, I sensed something was afoot the moment I entered the venue. Iconic pieces from the sets of Marc’s most memorable shows, including the station clock, carousel, escalators and hotel corridor, had been re-imagined in black; a glamourously gothic take on the designer’s “greatest hits” if you will. The press release exquisitely packaged on our seats (mine was labelled “Mademoiselle Ella Catliff”, I nearly fainted) was equally poignant with a personal note from Monsieur Jacobs dedicating the collection to his muses and “the showgirl in all of us.” As for the show that followed, well, just click here if you need a reminder. But enough nostalgia, let’s talk campaign. Staging your swansong show for an iconic heritage brand you’ve turned into one of the hottest fashion labels around must be tricky. If, as Marc did, you manage to go above and beyond leaving even the most RBF (resting bitch face) afflicted among us practically weeping then concocting an equally incredible advertising campaign must be practically impossible. Or so one might think, anyway.

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Sophia Coppola

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Caroline De Maigret

How best to represent a collection in homage to the iconic, powerful females who have inspired the work of one of the most influential designers of our time? By featuring them, of course. As you can see, the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2014 advertising campaign is devoted to a series of portraits of the Marc Jacobs’ personal muses. Catherine Deneuve, Sofia Coppola, Gisele Bündchen, Fan Bingbing, Caroline de Maigret and Edie Campbell, the model hand-picked by Marc Jacobs to open his final runway show naked save for a theatrical headdress and LV graffiti. Shot by Steven Meisel in the same noir palette as the SS14 show and featuring this season’s variations on the iconic Noé bag in feathered or studded alligator, Sprouse sequins, or Monogram canvas trimmed with black leather.

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Fan Bing Bing

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Gisele Bündchen

There’s something both hauntingly beautiful and powerfully striking about this campaign. In short, c’est magnifique. It seems a fitting tribute to Marc Jacobs’ 16 years at the helm of Louis Vuitton. Nicholas Ghesquire, bring it on.

Love Ella. X

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Louis Vuitton Cruise 2013 Icons

Remember my Louis Vuitton Shoe Perspectives shoot back in the Summer? It was perhaps one of the dreamiest, most surreal experiences I’ve had in my three years of blogging so when they approached me with the idea for another petit project the answer was, obviously, YES! I don’t need to tell you how I feel about the iconic French fashion house. After all, I’ve professed my love for their bags, shoes, clothes and everything in between on more occasions than either of us care to count. But, I will tell you that the label’s Cruise 2013 offerings – which I was lucky enough to get to play with – are something truly special for a number of reasons. The “Icons Charlotte Perriand Collection” pays homage to one of the most inspiring women of the 20th century. One of the most influential architects and furniture designers of the early modern movement, Charlotte Perriand well and truly shattered the glass ceiling of her day. Perriand was famously rejected on her first attempt to work for Le Corbusier, but the legendary architect changed his tune after seeing the glacial Bar sous le Toît, or rooftop bar that she had created in glass, steel and aluminium, for the Salon D’Automne exhibition in Paris and Charlotte joined his studio where she went on to create some of the pieces that remain iconic feats of modernist design. I won’t give you a full blow by blow of her incredible career, Perriand achieved so many gobsmacking feats it would be both foolish and incredibly word count consuming to even try. Suffice to say, the multi-talented architect, designer, urban planner and photographer (I know!) was as elegant as she was accomplished and the collection Louis Vuitton has concocted in homage to her legacy is the very epitome of effortless sophistication. Travel, functionality, timelessness and know how; all features characteristic of Perriand’s life and work that have been recreated by way of immaculately cut gingham tailoring, buttersoft leather and luxurious yet practical accessories. As you can probably imagine, the idea of having free reign to style and shoot the Charlotte Perriand Icons collection was both exhilerating and utterly terrifying so I just hope we managed to do it justice, let me know what you think…

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Wearing Poplin Vichy Jumpsuit, £1,525, Crossbody leather bag, £1,370 & Liner Sandal, £685

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Wearing Mariniere Leather Dress, £2,115, Waterbay Wedge Sandal, £730 & Modul Damier Couleur Clutch, £955

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Wearing Cotton Poplin Saharian Shirt, £595, Smooth Stretch Leather Leggings, £1,445, High Sea Ankle Strap Sandal, £635 & Pochette Element Damier Couleur, £435

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Besides celebrating an array of utterly exquisite clothes and the legend of Charlotte Perriand, this shoot also ties in with another oh-so-exciting development in the wonderful world of Louis Vuitton. Namely, the unveiling of their much anticipated Selfridges Townhouse. The maison-en-maison opens its doors tomorrow and the Charlotte Perriand Icons collection will be launched there when it does, so get yourselves to Selfridges ASAP!

Love Ella. X

Images by Holly McGlynn

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PFW SS14: Day 4

Despite my sleep deprived state I found myself awake at 5am on the final morning of PFW SS14. Why was I awake and practically bouncing off the walls I hear you ask? Two words: Louis Vuitton. When it comes to spectacle, few do it better than Mr Marc Jacobs. Having obsessively watched and researched the Louis Vuitton extravaganza unfold online each season, the fact I’d actually be there in person this time was almost more than I could handle. Renowned as the only show to start on time, bar Marc’s eponymous one in New York, I wasn’t taking any chances and for once found myself leaving the house with over an hour to reach my destination, not that it stopped me panicking the entire way.

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I wore: REDValentino jacket, Warehouse skirt, Anya Hindmarch bag & Kurt Geiger shoes
Image c/o The Nyanzi Report

Within the palatial, Louvre adjacent venue a vast pink tent had been erected. On the stairs a troop of immaculately clad French maids “dusted” with noir plumes, giving us a hint of the wonders within. Once inside, I didn’t know where to look/Instagram first! There were more maids preferring trays of delicacies standing between what I suspected where objets recalling previous shows. The carousel, the water fountain, the lifts, the escalators, the station clock, the hotel corridor… All reminding us of the wonders Marc Jacobs has delivered in the past and making us even more excited to see what was about to be unveiled.

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True to form, the show started literally bang on 10am with the chime of a clock and out strode Edie Campbell, arms outstretched, naked save for a thong, second skin, nude hued body suit covered in LV graffiti and a magnificent black headdress. At the end of letter from Marc waiting on each and every seat read the dedication “To the showgirl in all of us” and indeed, what ensued was quite literally one of the most incredibly displays of imagination, innovation and pure sartorial skill I’ve ever been lucky enough to witness.

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Of course, being the master of stylish subversion he is, Marc Jacobs showgirls weren’t going to succumb to the rainbow brights and feather boa stereotype. There were feathers and lots of them, but these where oil slick black Ostrich plumes as for SS14 Louis Vuitton is offering up a vision of gothic glamour unlike any you’ve seen before. Floor sweeping black chiffon adorned with glimmering, chiming metallic embellishment came paired with slouchy jeans, graphite grey chains and flat, crocodile biker boots that padded stealthily across the Mongolian lamb rugs covering the entire catwalk. This was haute noir with undertones of punk and a sprinkle of sparkle showcased on ethereal, otherworldly looking models resembling exquisitely beautiful birds of pray. Sculpted jackets with epaulets of spiky black crystals had a military feel while sculpted sweatshirts in woven fabrics bearing the motif “LV Paris” were so far removed from any other athletic influenced garments it took me a while to actually register what they were. This potent blend of vixenish streetwear, showgirl splendour and couture worthy regalia was taken to new heights of drama by the breathtaking tightly choreographed performance of each model making her journey round the water fountain, up the wrought iron lift, along the hotel corridor, down the escalators, past the carousel (on which lounged Kate Upton for the show’s duration) and back round the water fountain offering every attendee the chance to have a good gawp. It takes real cajones to put out an all black collection for Summer, a high risk move considering the rumours that this would be Marc Jacobs’ last collection for the brand – rumours I still refused to even entertain at this point – but the inky hues and hard edged beauty felt oh so perfect. I don’t think pictures would do it justice so here’s the video instead.

At the risk of sounding a little melodramatic – although I think that’s appropriate in this context – the show was really quite moving, a feeling that only increased when it was announced immediately afterwards that Marc would indeed be leaving Louis Vuitton. Former Balenciaga Creative Director, Nicholas Ghesquière is hotly tipped to be taking up the reigns but right now it remains unconfirmed. No doubt all will be revealed soon but whoever dares to follow Marc Jacobs incredible 16 year tenure next has some extremely big shoes to fill.

The feeling you, or at least, I have after leaving a show like that is nothing less than pure exhilaration. In my dizzied state I walked for the best part of a mile in the wrong direction until finally relenting, taking off my shoes and getting a taxi back to the apartment. After a couple of hours working/reading magazines and playing on Facebook I was back in my (literally) killer heels and off to my final show of PFW SS14, Zadig & Voltaire. Wearing a mink trimmed wool cape in 23 degree sunshine is not entirely a comfortable experience. Wearing it inside a boiling, packed out show venue inside Palais de Tokyo is practically unbearable. But, such is my (perhaps foolish) commitment to fashion that I decided to swelter and bear it and thankfully Cecilia Bönström’s latest collection made nearly fainting several times worth it. Admittedly, Zadig & Voltaire is totally not “me”. Their deliberately undone brand of grunge luxe is a far cry from the pastel hues and dainty shoes that tend to reside in my wardrobe but that certainly doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it. Hanne Gaby Odile opened the show stomping out in two tone fur, biker boots and a silk slip which oozed French rock n’ roll nonchalance. The collection that followed may not have been exactly earth shatteringly new but it was an excellent example of what this brand does so excellently.

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Zadig & Voltaire SS14

Biker inspired staples with lashings of leather and attitude to match accessorised with trilby’s and oversized crucifix earrings. Glimmering burnished metallics were paired with boyish tailoring and deconstructed boudoir silks, a masterclass in how to dress down sequins and shine by way of studied slouch. Sexy in an effortlessly Parisian way that screams “model off duty”, Zadig & Voltaire SS14 definitely got a thumbs up from yours truly.

My first ever Paris Fashion Week was everything I hoped and dreamed it would be and more. Here’s to many more seasons of shows, FROWS and general fabulousness!

Love Ella. X

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Louis Vuitton Shoe Perspectives

For a few weeks now I’ve been itching to share the details of this particularly exciting project with you lovely lot so I’m THRILLED to announce that today, I finally can! You’re no doubt all painfully aware of my feelings about Louis Vuitton; “love” doesn’t even begin to cover it. Even if I haven’t tweeted about it (unlikely) you can probably guess how I feel about Selfridges Shoe Galleries AKA Central London’s biggest, best and generally dreamiest footwear destination. When a press release arrived in my inbox announcing that the Parisian harbinger of all things covetable would be opening it’s very own shoe salon within the galleries I whacked the opening date in my iCal toute suite, determined to be among the first to ogle the space not to mention LV’s exclusive design for Selfridges. Naturally, I expected both the salon and the limited edition style to be fabulous. What I was not expecting however, was Louis Vuitton to invite me to take part in the project.

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Louis Vuitton’s Exclusive Selfridges Shoe, available in store only

To celebrate the launch of the Selfridges Shoe Salon, Louis Vuitton’s social media savvy team decided to pique people’s interest with a twitter competition. As you might have spotted, for the past week or so the brand have been tweeting images of their delectable Pre Fall shoes in front of iconic London landmarks, showing them from a “shoe perspective” and ending up in a particularly chic city spot. Anyone who guessed one of the locations could also tweet their answer using the hashtag #LVShoes adding an element of competition. Well, in case you were wondering who’s pasty pins starred in the snaps they were… MINE! Sorry for the excessive use of capitals and exclamation marks but like the landmarks, LV wanted to keep my identity a mystery until all the clues had been revealed, and it’s taken supreme self control not to dance down the street shouting “Louis Vuitton is tweeting pictures of me”. Even more exciting is the fact I can now share the full shoot featuring looks I styled from the beautiful beyond belief Pre Fall 2014 collection.

So without further ado I’m going to utter a sentence I never in a million years would have dreamed I’d get to say, check out my shoot for Louis Vuitton and Selfridges…

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Wearing monogrammed Velvet Smoking Slippers at the Peter Pan Garden in Hyde Park

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Wearing the Glam Rock Ankle Boot at Big Ben

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Wearing the Oh Really pump in Patent Calf at the London Eye

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Wearing the Lipstick Pump at the Tate Modern

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Thank you Louis Vuitton and Selfridges for inviting me into your world of wonder and giving me the opportunity to spend a day in outfits so goddamn gorgeous I frequently fantasise about owning them!

Try as I might, I physically can’t decide which outfit I adore the most! Do you have a fave?

Love Ella. X

Images c) LOUIS VUITTON / JAMIE MCGREGOR SMITH

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